Thomas Bernauer is a professor of political science at ETH Zurich. He and his research group are based at the Center for Comparative and International Studies, a joint institution of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, and at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Environmental Decisions. Thomas Bernauer obtained his PhD from the University of Zurich in 1992. In 1988-92 he was a researcher at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, in 1992-94 a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, and in 1994-95 a senior lecturer at the University of Zurich. In 1995 he was appointed assistant professor at ETH Zurich, in 1999 associate professor, and 2004 full professor. In 2004-2006 Thomas Bernauer was dean of ETH Zurich’s department of social sciences and humanities, and in 2005-2009 director of the Center for Comparative and International Studies. Since 2004 he is a member of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s research council.
In his research and teaching Thomas Bernauer focuses on international environmental and economic issues. That is, he analyzes political and other conditions under which environmental and economic problems that extend beyond national borders can be solved. He is the author or co-author of ten books, more than 60 journal articles or book chapters, and many other types of publications. His publications have appeared with publishers such as Princeton University Press as well as in political science, economics, and natural sciences journals, for example International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Ecological Economics, World Development, and Water Resources Research.